Stroke victim, 35, helps seven through organ donations

Local | Staff reporter 24 Jul 2017

A 35-year-old organ donor helped seven desperate patients by giving away all the viable organs upon her death.

The woman donated her lungs, heart, liver, kidneys and corneas after she passed away at Queen Mary Hospital on Friday as the result of a stroke. "The hospital thanks the patient and her family's support for organ donation," the hospital said.

It is understood that the transplants of heart, lungs and liver had been completed at Queen Mary Hospital on Saturday.

Her liver, in particular, benefited a 66-year-old man suffering from liver failure due to hepatitis B infection. He was reported to be in good condition.

According to Hospital Authority figures, last month some 2,279 patients were on the waiting list for organ donations,with 93 percent of them needing a new kidney. More than 80 patients were waiting for livers, 45 for hearts and 19 for lungs. As of mid-July, 260,000 citizens were on the Centralized Organ Donation Register.

Separately, the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service said attendance at blood donation centers has not been affected by the unprecedented case of a Hong Kong patient contracting encephalitis through a blood transfusion. There were 679 bags of blood donated by 885 citizens yesterday despite the poor weather, the group said.

The strong wind signal No 8, which was hoisted for a few hours, did not seem to have put off donors at its blood donation centers. The attendance was comparable to past Saturdays, which saw 800-900 donors.

A 52-year-old patient was in critical condition at Queen Mary Hospital after receiving infected blood from a 46-year- old male donor on June 22. Currently there is no screening test for the Japanese encephalitis virus at blood donation centers.

Investigations showed the donor had passed all the required health tests and showed no symptoms of Japanese encephalitis - a potentially fatal disease spread through mosquitoes. Contact tracing had also identified two other patients who received blood from the infected donor, but they did not show symptoms of Japanese encephalitis, such as fever and headache.

Meanwhile, fewer people went to public hospitals to seek treatment during the time tropical storm Roke hit Hong Kong.

The Hospital Authority announced general out-patient clinics would be closed during typhoons while accident and emergency services remained normal.

As fewer patients went to the emergency room of Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday, waiting times were shorter than last week. But some hospitals still had overcrowded A&E rooms.

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